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[pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pronunciation tuht]
  1. (used as an exclamation of contempt, disdain, impatience, etc.)
  2. for shame!
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  1. an exclamation of “tut.”
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verb (used without object), tut·ted, tut·ting.
  1. to utter the exclamation “tut.”
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Also tut-tut.

Origin of tut

First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for tuts

Historical Examples

  • Of course, if you take all the prizes somebody's sure to want—but, tuts!


    Neil Munro

  • My sister is but and I am ben—I mean she is in the east end and I am in the west—tuts, tuts!

    Margaret Ogilvy

    J. M. Barrie

  • "Tuts, lassies, it was a' a piece o' fun," said the good-humoured girl.

  • Tuts, it may be so to some folk; but to a sweet young creature like you, it cannot matter a button.

    Scotch Wit and Humor

    W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe

  • "Tuts, ye foolish boy," replied his mother, plying away at her wheel.

British Dictionary definitions for tuts


interjection, noun, verb tuts, tutting or tutted
  1. short for tut-tut
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Word Origin and History for tuts


1520s, along with tush (mid-15c.), a natural interjection expressing contempt.

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